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The nutrition and hydration issue has been catapulted into national prominence by the publicity given the Bouvier, Conroy, and Baby Doe cases. Those who have followed these cases are aware of the complexity of the issue and will not be surprised to find that this book does not offer any easy certainties. Rather, it prompts an in-depth look at the complexities.
The authors present the medical, moral, ethical, social, and legal perspectives of this issue. A consensus emerges that there are clinical situations where withholding hydration and nutrition is in the patient's best interests. The general presumption, however, is in
By No Extraordinary Means: The Choice to Forgo Life-Sustaining Food and Water.. Ann Intern Med. ;106:337–338. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-2-337_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(2):337-338.
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